Bill Haas Holds on for Humana Title

26 January 2015, Posted by , , , , , , , 0

Bill Haas held off all comers Sunday, with his final-round 67 good enough to win the Humana Challenge by a single stroke ahead of five others.

A 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 No. 16 gave Haas the lead, and his brilliant second shot on the 18th set up a two-putt par to give him the title.

His drive on the 18th put him at the front of the right fairway bunker, where he stood in the stand and blasted the ball some 80 yards down the fairway. From there he found the middle of the green.

It was a sweet memory for Haas, who won here in 2010 for his first career title. He shot 22-under for the tournament.

It was enough to edge Charley Hoffman, Brendan Steele, Sung Joon Park, Matt Kuchar, and Steve Wheatcroft by a single stroke. Hoffman and Steele both shot 64s on the final day, and Park a 65.

Hoffman seemed destined to force a playoff, birdying six of the last eight holes, including the last four in a row. Park also had a streak of four straight on 11-14.

Kuchar, whose 71 on Saturday kept him running away from the tournament, fired an eagle on No. 6 to start his day off right, but couldn’t quite catch Haas at the end.

Twenty-three players finished within five strokes of the lead.

Six strokes back was Phil Mickelson, who shot his second straight 68 on Sunday. He was at even par at the turn, then birdied 11, 13, 14, and 15 to make things interesting before a bogey on 16 set him back.

 

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